Fākatalofa atu! Warm greetings and welcome to our Vaiaso Ote ‘Gana Tuvalu, Tuvaluan Language Week events at Te Tumu Herenga.
Tuvalu is a Polynesian cultural-based group of eight islands; Tuvalu meaning eight standing together. Its language is very close to the Samoan language.
Tuvalu is halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, and with a population of 12,000 is one of the smallest countries in the world. The Tuvalu population in New Zealand at the 2013 Census was 3,537, over 70% of whom live in Auckland.
Tuvalu was formerly known as Ellice Islands when it was a British protectorate in 1892 and was annexed by Britain in 1915-16 as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony. Tuvalu became an independent nation in 1978.
Tuvalu is constantly in the news and often a topic of research due its severe vulnerability to climate change and rising sea levels which will eventually overwhelm this tiny Polynesian nation, with grave consequences for its people, culture, knowledge and language.
The theme for this year’s Language Week is Lakei Mo Te Manuia Ataeao, which means Striving for a prosperous future.
Visit the display and try out the greeting and phrases. This a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Tuvalu, its history and our Tuvalu community at University and in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Try using the Tuvalu greeting Talofa (same as Samoan) and the language phrases on slides.
Daily during the week on plasma screens in the General Library, KEIC levels 1 & 3, Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library, Pacific Studies and Business School.
Display and resources
- Visit the display on Tuvalu.
29 September-5 October, General Library, Level G.
- Check out the videos, films and documentaries on Tuvalu focussing on the impact of climate change on our Pacific neighbour.
Te Tumu Herenga – Libraries and Learning Services